Designated Funds

A charitable fund that allows individuals, families, or small groups to raise support for a specified non-profit organization or particular field of interest they are passionate about and provide financial assistance into the future.


  • Donors can take an immediate tax deduction for their contributions, and the distributions can be recommended to the specified organization or field of interest over time.
  • Professional investment management of funds with no hassle of record keeping.
  • Donors receive updates on the impact of the fund through quarterly income allocation reports.

Alliance Community Center Fund (Est. 2017)

This fund was established for building and tenant improvements or expenses incurred in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Alliance Community Center.

Alliance Neighborhood Center Fund (Est. 2006)

This fund was established for building and tenant improvements or expenses incurred in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Alliance Neighborhood Center.

Alliance Parks & Recreation Fund (Est. 2005)

When the Robertson Youth Center was dissolved, all the remaining assets and funds were transferred to the foundation for the primary use of parks and recreational activities within the city of Alliance.

Dr. William and Mary Lou Baker Swimming Safety Fund (Est. 2012)

The five Baker children, Ann, Joan, Jeff, Chip and Tom have honored the memory of their parents, William and Mary Lou, by establishing this charitable fund.  The net income from the fund benefits the Alliance Family YMCA for the purpose of supporting swim safety, particularly those programs that teach children to swim.

Castle Crusaders Fund (Est. 2017)

This fund was established by the Castle Crusaders for the renovation project of the Glamorgan Castle.

Greater Alliance Community Fund (Est. 1999)

This fund was created to invest in our community’s most important issues, initiatives, and needs for generations to come. It is our savings account for the future of our community.

Honor Hometown Heroes Fund (Est. 2019)

The Honoring Hometown Heroes Committee established this fund to recognize local veterans by displaying military tribute banners throughout the city of Alliance and provide educational programs on behalf of the community’s United States Veterans.

Eileen and Robert Hunter, Sr. Charitable Fund (Est. 2011)

This fund was established by Attorney Robert Hunter, Jr. and his sister, Sue Hunter Commerson to honor their parents in recognition for their support of the mission of the Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center. Their father incorporated the center and their mother was a long-time kindergarten teacher.  The net income is used to purchase books and educational materials for the center.

Independence Day Fireworks Council Fund (Est. 2004)

The Alliance Fireworks Council created this fund to receive gifts from individuals and businesses for the purpose of conducting an Independence Day celebration in the city of Alliance and include educational programming.

Marlington Education Innovation Fund (Est. 2016)

This fund was established by the Marlington Local School District to promote, encourage and enhance educational opportunities that strengthen and enrich students’ experiences through classroom grants awarded to teachers that facilitate STEM education, 21st Century Learning skills, Ohio Learning Standards, 1-to-1 Technology Integration, Professional Development for Teachers or Community Engagement.

Jack and Madge Peters Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund (Est. 2019)

Jack and Madge Peters established this fund to provide an ongoing and stable source of funding to Early Childhood Education Alliance, Inc.  Distributions from this fund to ECEA are intended to be used to enhance early learning experiences that benefit young children in the greater Alliance community.

Drs. Robert and Sally Reed Early Education Fund (Est. 2015)

Drs. Robert and Sally Reed were successful doctors in Alliance and they believed that quality preschool gave small children a strong start to grow socially and intellectually.  They were particularly concerned with financially disadvantaged families and established this fund to help families enroll in quality early childhood education.

Rodman Public Library’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Fund (Est. 2019)

Rodman Public Library and Early Childhood Education Alliance established this fund to provide children who live in the greater Alliance, Ohio area and are registered with the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library with quality, age-appropriate books.

Ernest A. Sheetz Memorial Fund (Est. 2006)

Upon his retirement from the University of Mount Union, Ernie became the Foundation’s first Executive Director.  He was instrumental in focusing foundation resources toward quality early childhood education and championing a collaboration which became the Early Childhood Education Alliance, Inc.

Stuckey Family Educational Fund (Est. 2003)

Arthur Stuckey who was Vice President of GF Business Equipment in Youngstown, Ohio and owner of Livingston’s Office Furniture in Tampa, Florida established this fund for charitable purposes of the Greater Alliance Community Fund for various educational programs and projects.  Art was born and raised in Alliance and had a strong work ethic and wanted to give back to his hometown.

Arthur Stuckey Interfaith Child Development Center Endowment Fund (Est. 2007)

Arthur Stuckey established this fund to provide an ongoing and stable source of funding to the Stuckey Interfaith Child Development Center for early childhood education and development at the center.

Summer Explorers Fund (Est. 2016)

The purpose of this fund is to provide summer learning experiences to Alliance City School’s elementary children who are financially challenged to return to school the following year with greater reading, math, and leadership skills.

James and Margaret Williams Alliance Family YMCA Youth Fund (Est. 2018)

James and Margaret Williams know the community well because of their service to their church and many civic organizations. Jim served as a founding trustee to the GAF and served many years on the YMCA board. This fund was established to support youth leadership and healthy lifestyle programs for the Alliance youth at the YMCA.